SEPTEMBER 5

Algerian fundamentalists probably haven’t heard of either “Louie, Louie” or Luther Campbell, but they do know—and disapprove of—rai, the music that developed in Oran and spread during the ’80s to Libya, Tunisia, and to Algerian communities in France, where record labels were only too happy to find yet another strain of Afropop exotica. Rai (pronouned “rye”) translates to “opinion,” “my fate,” or “I do what I want,” and its artists sing about alcoholism, forced marriages, class differences, and the fallout of their country’s rapid urbanization. The music itself is a heady fusion of traditional Arab rural styles, Spanish, Moroccan, and other African forms, and even Western pop. On Sunday, rai stars Chebba Fadela and Cheb Sahraoui (pictured), Chebba Zahouania, and Cheb Hasni make a rare appearance here: At 8 p.m. at the ANA Hotel, 2410 M St. NW. $30. (301) 230-1598. (Alona Wartofsky)